Elgin head football coach Chalmer Wyatt had one word to describe his team’s game last Friday against Clinton: Turnovers.
The Owls had five turnovers in the 41-21 loss to the Red Tornadoes.
“We left 21 points on the field,” Wyatt said. “If we would have won the turnover battle we would have had a good chance to win the game.”
Wyatt said the takeaway, no pun intended, from the game against Clinton Friday is that his team needs to keep improving.
He said after a game like the one Friday, where turnovers led to the final result, coaches like to give the players “reminders” about what is important.
“We have them run,” Wyatt said. “We look at each game, what was the determining factor and we work on emphasizing how important that factor is to the game. It helps to get in their mind the importance of not turning the ball over.”
Wyatt said his players will have to clean up their mistakes if they are to win on the road against Anadarko Thursday night.
“This is a huge game,” Wyatt said of Anadarko. “You have two teams that are trying to climb up the district ladder.”
Both teams enter the contest at 1-2 in the district, and a win would help position the winner with a chance to make a run at a playoff spot, while a loss would make any hope at the playoffs very difficult for the losing team.
“They are a huge physical football team,” Wyatt said of Anadarko. “They play a style that is similar to ours.”
One interesting note Wyatt brought up is that Elgin has not beaten Anadarko in 10 years.
“While it is true we don’t play them every year, I think the last time we beat them was my junior year (at EHS),” Wyatt said.
Wyatt said offensively the Owls will also want to run the football. He said that while there were some adjustments early in the season to the team’s offensive scheme, the team now has the basics down and coaches are now adding to that base.
“The offensively line, which is one of our strengths, is gradually improving,” Wyatt said. “That makes us harder to defend and allows us to do more offensively.”
Wyatt said as the season progresses the coaches do make minor tweaks to the game plan from week to week, but they continue to stick to their bread and butter which is running the football.
“It all goes back to the spring for us,” he said. “At that time we looked at what we can be successful with and I think we made good decisions about what would work for us and we are going to stick with that.”
Wyatt said that as the running game continues to improve and develop the team also wants to get better at throwing the ball.
“We are on our way to being a complete team,” he said.
The Owls will travel to Anadarko Thursday night with the game scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.